Presentation of the Unit


The Memory, Brain & Cognition laboratory (Laboratoire Mémoire, Cerveau et Cognition, MC2Lab, EA 7536) is created since the first January 2019 from the Memory and Cognition laboratory (LMC). It originated from the Memory and Learning team headed by P. Piolino at the laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology (CNRS LPNCog, 2006-2011: 2006-2008, UMR 8189, Director H. Cohen; 2008-2010; FRE 2987, Director H. Cohen; 2010-2011, FRE 3292, Director N. Fiori), and the team-Piolino for the 2014-2018 contract at Center of Psychiatry and Neurosciences (CPN, UMR 894 INSERM, Director J Epelbaum, and T Galli since 2016). In the new contract (2019-2023), the LMC2 is currently a University Laboratory resulting of the encounter between the Memory and Cognition laboratory (LMC belonging to the Institute of Psychology & Center for Psychiatry and Neurosciences U894), two members of the team Neuropsychology of children (UMR Inserm 1129 - Childhood Epilepsies and Cerebral Plasticity, Dir: C. Chiron), and two members of the team neuropsychology of aging (EA 4468, Alzheimer's Disease, Dir: AS Rigaud). 

The MC2Lab is administratively located at the Institute of Psychology of Paris Descartes University (Boulogne Billancourt) for teaching and basic research and belongs to Sorbonne Paris Cité. The MC2 Lab has a total surface of 385m2 corresponding to offices (210 m2), and 13 experimental rooms (175m2 including 58 m2 dedicated to a virtual reality platform). 

MC2Lab brings together psychologists specialised in experimental psychology, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience, who develop multidisciplinary research on memory functions and their interactions with other cognitive processes such as learning, executive functions and attention, embodied and situated cognition, emotion, self and social cognition. The present research program is focused on the study of normal and pathological functioning in naturalistic contexts, especially using virtual reality. We have developed an immersive virtual reality platform with connected physiological measures (EEG and biopac system) and posture- and eye-tracking. This platform is dedicated to fundamental research in healthy participants and serves as developing new cognitive evaluation and remediation methods in collaboration with clinical services and MRI platforms (e.g., Sainte Anne Hospital, Pitié-Salpétrière hospital). 

By combining complementary and varied methods (laboratory experiments, neuropsychology, physiology, neuroimaging) and more especially new technologies via virtual reality allowing embodied immersion in ecological environments, this program proposes original avenues in both fundamental cognitive sciences and applied research particularly in the field of health. The ultimate aim is to contribute in developing memory modelling and in defining and validating new therapeutic strategies, with more personalized and preventive approaches. We will focus on healthy populations of different ages, particularly children, adolescents and elderly, and on dysfunctions in neurological and psychiatric diseases by targeting the emergence of developmental processes in children and in aging. In addition, the MC2Lab will continue to cultivate a specialty in the history of psychology and human memory.